Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Reviewing Chargers 2013 Draft Class

D.J. Fluker
I love the kids attitude and work ethic that he has brought to the offensive line. We haven’t seen too many instances of playing like Jeromey Clary on the right side of the line and Philip Rivers has had time to throw the football.

Another thing, I will always be able to watch that gif of him slamming that Raiders player for years to put a smile on my face.

Manti Te’o
The jury is still out on Te’o. He is getting more and more playing time, but he hasn’t seen enough action and still isn’t up to speed of everything. It was only his second game of action last week and he only had a few snaps in the preseason. Still have big expectations out of him.

Keenan Allen
Allen has gotten his chance to play and has looked really good. He has a great chemistry with Philip Rivers and can only get better with more playing time. He definitely is one of the steals in the draft. He will be the team’s number 1 receiver for the rest of the year.

Steve Williams
I wish Stevie was able to get on the field, but we will have to wait till next season till we get some use out of him. The secondary could use him out on the field.

Tourek Williams
He hasn’t done much and wasn’t expected to do a ton this year. He was a project and needs some time to develop. With our injuries at the position, he is going to get more and more opportunities.

Brad Sorensen
The preseason star showed some poise in the pocket and should be taking over the backup quarterback role behind Philip Rivers soon. He could be a solid player for us down the road.

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I think it was a pretty solid draft, once Te’o is up to speed it will look even better. Stevie will be like a bonus draft pick next year and will be the Nickel guy (wish we had him now). I think we are 1 free agency class and 1 draft from being really solid. Next year I would go:

    1st round: If we are really really bad we could go after Jake Matthews, I’d be gun shy on any other LT after watching this years crop of LT’s struggle every week (in which they have made Fluker look like the best tackle chosen), If we are middle of the pack I’d go after that CB with the african name on Oregon or NT Louis Nix

    2nd round: Best SS available but only if Taylor isn’t the starter of the future or best CB

    3rd round: Best Running back possible if it cant be handled in FA

    4th: BPA maybe a Tackle to build for the future and have some depth

    • tbell11

      I think the Chargers should draft a CB, pass rusher, and DT in the 1st three rounds.

      • Ernie Padaon

        i would want all defense also… but it would depend on what we do in free agency also… i just want the best player approach

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          Ya we need some talent on D and possibly a overhaul of the secondary besides Weddle.

          • arnie

            Can we draft a Defensive Coordinator?

          • Nick in PB

            hhahahah Good one!

        • tubbs45

          I would put the priorities as: CB/OLB, OLB/SS, NT, LT

      • Peter Thompson

        Agreed… depending on how Taylor looks by the end of the year, I might go SS in the first, if there is another Vacarro type player available.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        I was thinking we build the Defense through free agency
        We already have a young defense…we just need some solid vets

        Take care of the Offense through the draft


    • Tazzster

      I would not expect any BIG free agent signings. We will still have cap problems next year as we wait out the penalties from Meachem and Gaither.

      As for next year’s draft. All defense and a HARD NOSED running back. We need someone who can pick up 3rd and 1.

      As you look at the offense right now…. QB, WRs, TEs – very good. OL – good. RB – Danny Woodhead is great, but not that every down bruiser that the team needs.

      As you look at the defense… There are some very good players – Weddle, Butler. But they are not allowed to shine because they have to play to cover the other deficiencies.

      As you look at next years draft, I think you take the best defensive player available. I can’t think of a position on the defense where we don’t need help. Idealy, we come out with 2 or 3 guys we can plug into the lineup to start on D next year.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Some day I hope to see Melvin Ingram play. In all likelihood, he will be in the 3rd year of his NFL career before we really get to see him play.

  • Nick in PB

    Pass rusher, CB, RB, O Line, D Line. We really have to wait and see how some of these players develop. I know we are going to need another athletic pass rushing type of player because it ain’t English. CB for sure. This division is too pass happy and we need playmakers in the secondary. I think Taylor will be our SS so I’m not going safety at this point and Addae is playing with a lot of effort so hopefully he will get better. We will need a RB, no doubt about that. Mathews, and I always give him the benefit of doubt but he’s not doing it for me.

  • Derek

    I think with the addition of a sturdy nt our defense would make a 180 to the extent of the saints between last yr and this yr. I read an article some time back about how surprisingly dependent a 34 d is dependent on a nt that can atleast clog if not pass rush consistently